A Girl’s Gotta Do What a Girl’s Gotta Do: Adventures in Stationary Biking

My left IT band is still unhappy, so I’ve been riding my stationary bike, which is sort of like watching paint dry.  However, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right?  Since running’s out right now, I’ve been parking myself in front of my TV on my ancient Precor bike every couple of days.  I haven’t biked for quite a while, though (didn’t have easy access to a bike this summer), so I’m having a heck of a time getting my heart rate up before my quads are screaming at me.  The legs just can’t keep up with my lungs, which is rather opposite of what goes on when I run.

Met with a physio yesterday and while he didn’t totally rule out my half marathon on September 4th, it’s not looking good.  I’m super disappointed (hello, repeat of 2010), but really, I just want to get this injury under control.  It seems just as it starts to get better, I push too hard for my body (note: I increase my workouts upon the advice of people with training in exercise and fitness, who obviously are giving me the best advice they can, but it hasn’t worked out so far…) and end up tweaking the ITB.  I think time plus continuing with my foam rolling, strengthening, and physiotherapy will eventually sort things out, but it’s been frustrating to take keep having to step back from my training every time I make some gains.  Ah well, I’m trying to think long-term.

While we’re on the topic of physiotherapy, I’ve got a bit of a dilemma.  I saw a new physical therapist yesterday and he seemed very good.  He did an assessment and treatment and seems to have a lot of knowledge and experience.  Now, here comes the “but.”  I had originally wanted to see another physio at the clinic who sort of specializes in running injuries, has a background in running and triathlon (competitive), and extensive experience coaching runners.  Unfortunately, he was on vacation, so I went with this other guy.  The running guy was recommended to me by my personal trainer, and I just discovered that he was the running coach for a guy I know, who had mentioned his coach in glowing terms.  I’m really tempted to switch over to the guy who specializes in running injuries, but I sort of feel bad about it.  I mean, it seems sort of ridiculous, because I’ve only seen the new physio once, but I somehow have a sense of guilt for wanting to change when I had absolutely no issue with the guy I saw.

Opinions on this?  I know in my gut that I should just switch, and that’s probably what I’ll do, but I’d love to hear what you have to say.

P.S. In case you’re wondering, school is okay so far, but our class unexpectedly found out that there’s been a change of instructors for one of our classes, and it’s someone I thought I would not have to deal with this year.  I’m actually surprised I’m not more stressed out about it, because the situation caused me a whole lot of anxiety last year, but so far, I’ve remained fairly calm about the whole thing.  We’ll see, I guess, how things play out.


Week in Review, and a Broken Wrist

Monday: Too hot to run. Postponed (the long-run I had postponed from Sunday) to Tuesday.

Tuesday: Went over to my sister’s to use the treadmill and had a horrible run.  Called it after 2 miles.

Wednesday: We were going to take the kids to a movie but my husband didn’t read the info properly and the movie we wanted to see wasn’t playing at the theatre we went to.  No movie.

Thursday: Went over to our friends’ house for a fantastic BBQ.  But then my daughter fell off the play structure and broke her wrist.  I got a migraine around the same time.  The good news was that the medi-clinic we went to was pretty much empty, so we didn’t have to wait long to see the doctor.

Friday: X-rays first thing in the morning.  Had to cancel my patients and we didn’t know what was going on with my daughter because they didn’t give us a diagnosis.  Scheduled to meet the orthopedist at 4pm.  Instructed not to feed my daughter anything, though they didn’t specifically say they thought surgery was an option.  Didn’t have to wait long once we got to the hospital.  Surgery wasn’t necessary and my daughter got a bright pink cast.  My migraine was lingering.  My girl and I both went to bed at 7:30pm

Saturday: Woke up feeling better after 12 hours sleep.  Had a fantastic day.  Saw The Zookeeper, tried out desserts at Le Macaron and bought a dozen macarons to take home, hit a park and let the kids run around while we enjoyed the sunshine.  Went for a fast-for-me 4k run and then we grabbed some supper.  Spent the rest of the night relaxing.

Sunday: 10k run/walk.  Legs felt kinda dead, which was probably because of the fast-for-me 4k I ran 14 hours earlier.  Weather was great, though, with sunshine and a breeze.  Even though I didn’t have a lotta oomph during my run, my legs didn’t feel too bad afterward.  Did notice my knee started to ache a touch around the 9.5k mark, which is pretty decent. After the run, chatted with an old neighbour we happened to bump into and had an interesting conversation about virtual identities for kids.  Ate lunch outside, found a really nice play structure near the place we’re renting, and then watched the Riders beat the Alouettes and win their first this season – I didn’t think that was going to happen.  Got a ton of laundry and the grocery-shopping done, and watched Limitless while curled up in bed with my husband.  A perfect Sunday.

On tap this week:

2 x 7k runs, 12k run, 3 strength sessions, and more foam-rolling than I’ve been doing.

Have you ever broken anything? I broke my left hand when I was 18 but certainly didn’t get a colourful cast.

Me vs. My Schedule

Ever had a week sneak up on you and drag you down?  Yup, that was this week for me.  Not sure how that happened.  It seemed like life would run as per my usual schedule, but a bit better, because I had Thursday off (Remembrance Day is a statutory holiday here in Saskatchewan).

Me vs. My Schedule - mostlyfitmom.comAnd then suddenly (probably not really – it’s just my perception), I realized I had a lot of extra stuff going on.  Unfortunately, that meant that my workouts fell to the wayside.  Monday’s spin was put aside because I had to be at school early to set up for a patient, and Thursday’s workout was pre-empted by the preparations I needed to do for school today.  *shrug*

What to do when things don’t go as planned?

  1. I like to not beat myself up, since I’m pretty emotionally drained at this point in the school year anyway.  No need to add self-inflicted psychological wounds to the mix.
  2. Reschedule.  I worked out tonight, and even though I broke the stationary bike and didn’t make it all the way through my strength workout because I was getting light-headed from hunger (oy!), I made up (a little) for my missed workouts.  I’m planning to work out tomorrow and Sunday, too.
  3. Change the plan. Yeah, so I broke the strap on the pedal of the 20 year old stationary bike we have.  I tend to think that it’s time to invest in a new one anyway, since the bike’s had a good, long life.  My husband insists he can fix it.  Ha!  I’ll let you know how that goes.  However, this means that although I was planning to ride the bike this weekend in order to rest my IT band some more, I’ve got to consider running a little instead.  Maybe I can break the treadmill, too, and we can get a new one of those?
  4. Keep the big picture in mind.  So I missed a couple of workouts.  Big deal.  Fitness is a long-term, lifetime sort of thing, so missing a couple of workouts is hardly the end of the world.  I may not be as fit as I was this summer, but I know that I will be even fitter in the future because it’s important to me.  Right now, though, school is my highest priority. There will be time for other things after April 2012.

Not sure if that was a list of excuses, self-talk, or tips, but I feel a little better now.

Now I’m going to cuddle on the couch with my husband and kids and try to stay up later than my kids do.  It might not happen for a second night in a row.   They’re 4 and 6.  I’m 34.  I think it’s a sad commentary on my life that my bedtime is earlier than my kids’ these days.

Enjoy your weekend!  I’ll let you know how the workouts go. Can you beat my 20 year old exercise bike with your own ancient piece of exercise gear?

Gonna Make You Sweat

Not me, but I did do some treadmill work today.

Gonna make you sweat – I wonder if this is what my trainer thinks before our sessions?  Because I certainly AM sweaty by the end of it, leaving puddles on the equipment.  Sorry – TMI?

Anyway, I had a great session at the gym today.  I warmed up by doing intervals on the treadmill.  Hadn’t been on the treadmill for months, other than for quick warmups.  So, when I was told to do 1 minute intervals at 7.5 mph, I was a little nervous.

Seems I needn’t have worried.  I totally ROCKED those intervals!  Now, keep in mind that I have been doing running intervals outdoors and I’ve been doing some long runs in preparation for my half marathon, so it’s not like I’ve been sitting on the couch and miraculously found myself faster.  But I am DEFINITELY getting fitter, and it’s nice to notice.

After my treadmill time, my trainer put me through my paces.  Oy, the body will be sore tomorrow!  It was a good workout, though.  I haven’t done strength work since last week, I think, and so my muscles seemed to be well-rested.  I felt really strong during the assisted pullups and triceps dips.  Legs were tough, but I pushed through – couldn’t have done it a few months ago!  My trainer added in some new moves for my abs, and had the core strength to do them.

It was a tough, sweaty workout, but it’s so motivating to realize just how far I’ve come since I started working with my trainer almost a year ago.  I laugh in the face of lunges!  Well, no, not really.  I still hate lunges.

What do you notice as you get fitter?  Are you faster, stronger, lighter?  Any exercises that you can do now that you couldn’t before?

Fit Bits for Friday

Just a few random bits I stumbled across this week:

Hydration tips for runners at Runner’s World

The right way to warm up? at The New York Times

Dynamic stretching = good; static stretching = not so much at the Training Peaks Blog

But I really LIKE chocolate milk after a hard workout, so can I ignore this article from The New York Times?

Are side stitches related to what you eat? at Nancy Clark’s blog

Pros and cons of bike training indoors, when you need to beat the heat or escape the cold, at Competitor.com

Tips for transition area setup at Triathlon Magazine Canada

Just because I think Dara Torres is pretty amazing at Shape